The COLUMBUS Consortium is made up of 26 Partners across 14 countries and has been specifically designed to address the call topic and achieve the intended impacts. The Consortium is a balanced, multidisciplinary partnership, containing Pan-European organisations which represent a broad constituency of stakeholders in the marine and maritime areas.

COLUMBUS brings together a new extended multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, transnational partnership with the experience, strategic positioning and track record in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve the ambitious impacts of the call topic. Understanding that strategic changes are needed in how the marine and maritime community interact and collaborate for mutual benefit, the partnership has been constructed to represent all aspects of the research lifecycle (funding bodies, researchers, communications experts and end-users) and all regional sea basins in Europe.



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The Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6 (UPMC), devoted to science and medicine, is one of the largest universities in France. UPMC is a major player in international knowledge and innovation economy, as evidenced by its many international awards and medals. Due to the 3,250 teaching researchers of the 116 laboratories, UPMC has more than 20 patents filed each year and more than 250 cooperation agreements signed with prestigious universities worldwide. UPMC has a wide experience of EU contracts through previous framework programs. Its “European Affairs office“ (Bureau des contrats et financements européens) is in charge of the EU projects at UPMC and has managed approximately one hundred EU FP6 projects, and 115 FP7 projects, as coordinator or partner and will manage all the financial, administrative and legal aspects for the UPMC participation in this project.

The Station Biologique de Roscoff (Roscoff Marine Station)
Located on the Brittany coast of the English Channel, the Station Biologique de Roscoff was founded in 1872 by Henri de Lacaze Duthiers, Professor at the Sorbonne University, who was attracted by the exceptional variety of biotopes in the area. Today, the Station Biologique de Roscoff is a renowned research and training centre in marine biology and oceanography, with 300 staff, jointly operated by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC). Its missions are: 1) to promote research and training on the biology of marine organisms and ecosystems; 2) to provide access, both for staff and non-resident researchers, to the ecological and biological resources of the site; and 3) to carry out long-term observations of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the coastal environment in the vicinity of Roscoff. The Station Biologique de Roscoff has led the FP6 Network of Excellence Marine Genomics Europe, the FP7 CSA Marine Genomics for Users, co-led the FP7 I3 ASSEMBLE, and is a prominent node of the ESFRI European Marine Biological Resource Centre.

Contact person: Catherine Boyen



Competence Node Leader for Marine Biological Resources. Participating across the project in Work Packages 2 to 8.

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

bernard kloaregDr Bernard Kloareg, Director of Station Biologique de Roscoff, has been employed by the CNRS for 30 years and is now a Professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He was trained in agronomy, biochemistry and genetics (Institut National Agronomique, Paris-Grignon, and Université Paris XI, Orsay). He was Director of the Scientific Interest Group (GIS) at Institut de la génomique Marine from 2003-2007, where he promoted the development of marine genomics in France. He represented France in the FP6 Network of Excellence “Marine Genomics Europe” (2004-2009, Director C. Boyen), which fostered the integration of marine biology in Europe, using genomics as a de-fragmentation scaffold. He also led the FP7 coordination action ‘Marine Genomics for Users’ (MG4U). He currently coordinates the participation of France in the implementation phase of EMBRC, an ESFRI infrastructure project. Bernard Kloareg also leads the French node of this future pan-European Research Infrastructure, EMBRC-France, which has been funded since 2012 as an “Infrastructure Nationale en Biologie et Santé” (programme “Investissements d’Avenir”). As the coordinator of WG1 of the EMBRC Implementation Board, he will lead the working group which is refining the scientific and financial structure of EMBRC-ERIC. This includes coordination of the on-going H2020 initiatives on the behalf of EMBRC.


catherine hoganDr Catherine Boyen, Head of the Department of Integrative Biology of Marine Models at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS University-Paris 6. Her scientific focus during the 10 past years has been to promote, coordinate and develop marine genomics programs at the European level and more specifically the genomics of marine macro-algae at the local level. Catherine Boyen has been partner in a number of European funded research projects including Marine Genomics Europe (FP6), MarineBiotech (FP7) and MG4U (FP7). She is also the scientific co-coordinator of EuroMarine (FP7). Catherine Boyen has been a scientific committee member of the French Foundation for Research on Diversity, member of the CNRS National Scientific Research Committee, Scientific Council member of the Marine Genomic Institute and Scientific Committee member of Réseau National des Génopoles®. She is also a member of the Marine Biological Association Council and Directorate of BioGenouest (Life science Network in Western France).


nathaliekowalczykDr Nathalie Kowalczyk has a PhD in marine biology and will act as the Knowledge Fellow for the Marine BIological Resources Competence Node. Her main interests are Phycology, Photosynthesis and Bioinformatics. She was part of the consortium working on the Genome project of the red alga Chondrus crispus. She studied gene expression in Chondrus, in abiotic stress conditions, using High Throughput Sequencing, she also studied the photosynthetic apparatus of Chondrus and the morphogenesis of the brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus.



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